About City Kitchen

201 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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City Kitchen family welcomes you with wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking. This urban, contemporary neighborhood eatery evokes the warmth and convivial setting of a residential kitchen and gaathering place dedicated to quality and sourcing locally.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Daily: 11:00am - 3pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm , Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 10:30pm

Brunch

Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm

Cross Street:
15-501

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 928-8200

Website:
http://citykitchenchapelhill.com/

Catering:
Our catering staff shares the same values as our restaurant staff. They are here to create a fun, unforgettable dining experience. We will take care of everything, exceeding your every expectation along the way. Don’t know what you want? We’ll happily walk you through our offerings.. Loved that entree you had last night that’s not on our catering menu? As far as we’re concerned, it is now. Our goal is to create amazing memories that also fit within your budget.

Parking Details:
Easy access from Chapel Hill Bus Lines

Executive Chef:
Jessie Flores

Private Party Facilities:
City Kitchen offers a venue like no other, its back drop creates a stage to relax, enjoy, have fun citiy kitchen weddings and celebrate. The décor is contemporary, rustic and fun and each defined space is flexible allowing numerous possibilities to create the elements of an amazing event. If it is a ceremony, wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, shower, bridal luncheon or morning after breakfast, the possibilities are endless. With a detail orientated wedding coordinator on hand at all times you are given expert advice allowing your special event to be tailored to exactly what you desire. We dedicate ourselves to giving you an outstanding experience at a price you can afford. From traditional southern affairs to elaborate fine dining occasions City Kitchen provides the space, the experience, the professionalism and the detailed planning and service to make your event flawless and one you, your family and friends will remember for a life time.

Private Party Contact:
Emma Dunbar: 9199288200x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
We’ll be toasting to all the wonderful women & Moms with mimosas & a delicious brunch buffet! Tix for the buffet are $40 Adults, $15 under 12 yrs, & FREE under 3.

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City Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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great for outdoor dining (35)
vibrant bar scene (33)
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Food and service were great.

Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were great however the noise level too high. It made having a conversation difficult.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Our waiter (think it was Ahmid?) was won ...

Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter (think it was Ahmid?) was wonderful. Very personable and attentive.

food5
ambience3
service5

Great food ! Was very noisy.

vip
Dined 5 days ago

Great food ! Was very noisy.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Noise level

Dined on April 23, 2016

the service was great---the food was good even though one of us didn't get what we ordered but the noise level was so bad that the four of us could barely carry on a conversation.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious

Dined on April 23, 2016

Our date night dinner was absolutely delicious. I won a gift card from work and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience.

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

always great

vip
Dined on April 20, 2016

Decided to grab dinner with my daughter. Had a great meal with great service. Will come back again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

Wish we had eaten outdoors, but ate well

Dined on April 18, 2016

Indoor seating was dark and noisy making communication exhausting. Food was really tasty and healthy: great mussels, salads, mains. Great value on Wednesday with half-off glasses of wine.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5

The most amazing ribs and excellent wine ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

The most amazing ribs and excellent wine combined with first rate service. Couldn't be happier with the experience.

food2
ambience3
service1

Took over 10 min to be waited on, the fo ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Took over 10 min to be waited on, the food was not worth the price that's for sure and will not be going back.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We have been here several times for lunc ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

We have been here several times for lunch and dinner. Never disappointed. Service from bar might be slow but all meals came with just a short wait. The specials for the day have always been outstanding. Worth a try. Despite being noisy, the is an excellent restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Really a neighborhood treasure. Fantastic Food!

Dined on April 1, 2016

This is a great spot in Chapel Hill, that is fun and has great tables for a family dinner as well as a fun bar with good selections. The food is outstanding and the service gracious. Highly recommended!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great atmosphere and delicious food.

Dined on March 27, 2016

This was a fantastic choice for our Easter brunch.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

We have been to Mother's day brunch in the past and was excited to come back. The salads were amazing. However, the meat selection was a little disapointing. We look forward to returning!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

Great for veggies for Easter Brunch Lots of other tasty dishes to eat for breakfast or lunch as well

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Disappointed with dinner

Dined on March 25, 2016

We were disappointed with the dinner menu, food, and prices. We had a good experience there at lunch but wouldn't return or recommend for dinner.

Tags: great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service3

Didn't realize no sushi served on a Sund ...

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

Didn't realize no sushi served on a Sunday night. Was difficult to find Gluten Free and Vegan choices. Average tasting swordfish special, even with the mango salsa...just not exciting flavors. Waiter forgot to bring apprentices we ordered and didn't check in much, despite it not being crowded. Have been here twice before (and have loved it) when visiting kids in college, but a little disappointed this time unfortunately.

food5
ambience4
service5

We were passing through town and sought ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

We were passing through town and sought out City Kitchen - we were not disappointed. Great venue and well thought out decor and artwork. Broad menu, but well planned. Fantastic choice of wine and beers, supported by well executed food (good portion size as well) If we lived in this town, it would be a regular go to spot.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great calamari appetizer, great roasted ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Great calamari appetizer, great roasted chicken, and great salads. Nice later-night spot.

food2
ambience5
service3

Good menu but not well executed. Short r ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

Good menu but not well executed. Short ribs good but mashed potato accompaniment cold. Duck confit pot pie a nice idea but the reality was soggy crust, light on duck but heavy on celery, bland flavor. Because of low quality of food it became a very overpriced meal i.e. Not worth it.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Wonderful lunch experience

Dined on February 26, 2016

The food was delicious and had enough variety for light eaters as well as those with hearty appetites. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, personable and gave excellent recommendations.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service3
value4

Outstanding short ribs!

Dined on February 21, 2016

We had a great experience at City Kitchen! It was a busy Saturday night, but I was able to make reservations the day before for 4 people. We had excellent food (the short ribs were AMAZING!!) and the service was fine. We did feel that the the server was rushing us a little, continually asking if he could remove plates while people were still eating, but overall it was great!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome place will continue to visit

Dined on February 20, 2016

Awesome place will continue to visit

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Saturday Brunch

Dined on February 20, 2016

The restaurant was quiet at 11:00, but the scene began to liven up around 12:15. I have eaten at City Kitchen several times and their food this visit did not disappoint. Great menu options and dependable waitstaff.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

love food~

Dined on February 19, 2016

The City Kitchen was superb. I was so impressed to find this was so cool inside as it is in a shopping center and was not expecting it. The decor is fabulous and the staff is friendly, courteous. They were also very knowledgeable about the food. And the chef worked with my demands as I needed some menu items exchanged due to diet restrictions. I just really had a great experience and found this restaurant a fun place to be. The items on the menu are not so many that you can't figure anything out. I like not being overwhelmed and they had a fantastic looking sushi menu which we did not partake of since we had all just had sushi in the past week but watching the plates go by was making me wish I had not just eaten it.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

All of the above!

vip
Dined on February 18, 2016

All of the above!

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

The food is good, but not mind-blowing. ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

The food is good, but not mind-blowing. The service can be a little slow if they are busy. Good for groups. This place as a great, open air space. However, it can be a bit loud and impersonal at times.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service4

Cheese player was great. Short Ribs entr ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Cheese player was great. Short Ribs entree very tender and flavorful. Wok fried rib app was tasty.

food1
ambience2
service3
value1

Service was ok. We ordered the slow brai ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Service was ok. We ordered the slow braised ribs upon recommendation of our waiter. They were so fatty they were inedible. Worst Ceasar salad we have ever had too. $250 for dinner and it was a nightmare . We will never return

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing food and great service.

Dined on February 14, 2016

Perfect for a romantic date night or out with friends. Second floor dining is a fun experience, especially when it overlooks the dining area. Great restaurant!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Valentine's Dinner

Dined on February 14, 2016

What a wonderful place for not only a romantic dinner but for a great night on the town. food was wonderful and everyone working made it a great experience. We will be going back sooner then later for another wonderful time.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Went for brunch on Valentine's Day with ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Went for brunch on Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. Perfect environment for a laid back, yet energetic vibe. Didn't feel like we were in Chapel hill at all. Bottomless mimosas were a plus too! Can't wait to go back. Food was amazing.

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome!! Outstanding service and food! ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Awesome!! Outstanding service and food!! One of the best restaurants in the area!!

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Busy night handled well

Dined on February 14, 2016

Made a last minute Open Table reservation the night before Valentines Day. The place was very busy at 8pm and we were told our 8:15 OT spot would be a few minutes late. We found a spot to sit and enjoy a drink while we waited. Got our table by 8:40. Our server was very pleasant and advised that the kitchen was backed up when we quickly placed our meal orders. Having sat near the wood oven, we knew the pizzas would likely be faster, so we ordered 2 pizzas. Our drinks came quickly (we and the server were pleased by that!) then our pizzas came in a few minutes as well. The adjacent table, there before us, had only just received their appetizers. Our attitude, their attitude and the great attitude of the server combined for all of us to have good time even with the expected wait and delays (for the other table). It was obvious from the host desk to the server that the staff are well trained and understood that honestly answering questions and managing our expectations is the best way to quality customer service. Thanks to the ladies at the front and to Ameile (?) for a very nice Saturday evening. We'll look forward to coming back!

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Terrible Valentine's Day Experience

Dined on February 14, 2016

We booked a table for 8pm and weren't seated until 9pm. Our food didn't arrive until past 10pm. Waiter was incredibly rude throughout the meal, continually acting as if he was doing us a huge favour by waiting on us. They couldn't have cared less about allergies, and refused to even attempt to modify one of the main courses. Eventually managed to serve some dry tuna and rice and charged us $29 for the privilege. Probably our worst dining experience in Chapel Hill. Terrible service, terrible value for money, average food.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Way too overbooked. Not even close to be ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Way too overbooked. Not even close to being on time for their reservations. No apologies. Bar too packed to even get a drink while waiting. After the hour wait, food was good but service was spotty.

Tags: fit for foodies
food2
ambience2
service4
value1

Maybe Next Time?

Dined on February 13, 2016

We were in town taking our Tar Heel daughter and her friend to dinner. It happened to be Valentine's Saturday night. Zoo. Tables jammed together on two floors. Probably to be expected. My server had ten tables himself. Tonight I ordered the special which was later mistakenly given to someone else. Turned out that was the last one. They recommended a steak which really turned out badly for me as well. Management and the server tried their best to make it up to us. It was a crazy night for them I could see. My only real complaint is that I feel they really upped the pricing from the last time we were there. I'm guessing to make the most of Valentine's weekend. I've owned a restaurant. Sometimes you can't make it right. I appreciate that they tried.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our favorite special occasion restaurant

Dined on February 13, 2016

We love City Kitchen, especially for special occasions. Their special menus and holiday offerings such as the Valentine's Day menu and Thanksgiving buffet make it unique. They can accomodate large groups and always give us our special requests for seating. Regardless of whether it's a special occasion or just dinner out, the food offerings contain both unique and familiar (steaks, burgers, comfort food) choices to keep everyone happy. Wonderful service completes the package!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food2
ambience4
service3
value3

Meh.

Dined on February 12, 2016

Ribeye lacked flavor. Were out of Saxaphaw Pale ale so our server suggested a seazon (sp?) that was nothing like a pale ale. Mussels were fishy. Wife's short ribs were very good. Tables for two had one person facing a wall with all the ambience out of view. Waitress forgot to use our coupon. Wasn't very knowledgeable about the food.

Tags: good for groups, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good place, despite being part of a mall

Dined on February 6, 2016

I've been to City Kitchen a couple of times. It's been busy both times, and for good reason. It's pretty darn good. The only real negative is the fact that it's part of a mall. I'm not into fine dining at malls/plazas. But, if you're going to get a nice bite before hitting the movie theater, this is a good spot. I'm vegetarian, and I still found the spinach tagliette a pretty decent dish. The desserts were phenomenal--one was creme brulee and I forget the other one except that it had peanut butter. We got some sort of spinach spread dish to start, and it was yummy.

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

enjoyable

Dined on February 3, 2016

This is a great place to meet up with a friend, whether it be for lunch, dinner or for drinks. We enjoyed the service - she came by just enough to make sure we were doing well but not too often that it disrupted our conversation; very much appreciated. I like the openness of the place and all the interesting things on the walls! I also like the specials. It was nice to get 1/2 off on our bottle of wine we shared. Thanks for the enjoyable food and evening!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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